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All-New Impala – Chevrolet Reinvents an Iconic Sedan
Bold, efficient flagship leads N.A. lineup with greater style, refinement and technologyThe all-new 2014 Impala is a redesigned flagship that will lead Chevrolet’s revamped North American car lineup with greater style, refinement and technology. More-efficient powertrains, including eAssist™ technology, deliver estimated highway mileage of 35 mpg.
“The 2014 Impala reestablishes the iconic nameplate as a design leader, with bold styling that will turn heads for years to come – matched with a package of efficiency, refinement and infotainment choices that will set the benchmark in its class,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “It is the latest product in Chevrolet’s revamped North American passenger-car lineup that includes the all-new Malibu, Cruze, Sonic, Spark and, of course, Volt.”
The all-new Impala goes on sale in early 2013 as the tenth generation of one of the industry’s most enduring – and popular – nameplates. It was America’s best-selling full-size sedan in 2011, with sales of more than 171,000, which also made it one of the 10 best-selling cars overall, along with Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze.
“When the new Impala arrives in dealer showrooms next spring, the ‘oldest’ passenger car in Chevy’s lineup will be the Volt, which was introduced in late 2010,” said Chris Perry, vice president, global Chevrolet marketing. “It is a standout car with great refinement and technology for customers who want to reward themselves.”
Designed on an award-winning global platform, the 2014 Impala introduces new levels of comfort, refinement and technology. Highlights include:
- All-new exterior design with a sleek proportion, sculpted body sides, active grille shutters, standard 18-inch wheels and projector-beam headlamps – HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps standard on LTZ models
- Range of three powertrains that deliver performance and efficiency
- All-new interior with flowing design and integrated center stack that incorporates an available eight-inch touch screen display with Chevrolet MyLink
- Roomier feel, with more front and rear legroom, and generous storage compartments
- Quieter environment with a greater emphasis on comfort – including active noise cancelation with four-cylinder powertrains
- 360 degrees of active safety features include 10 standard airbags and OnStar, along with available features such as full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist.
The 2014 Impala pioneers a new aesthetic for Chevrolet’s flagship sedan, but one that honors the cues that have helped distinguish this classic nameplate for decades.
“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” said John Cafaro, director of North America passenger car exterior design. “This is very much a contemporary car, with design elements, craftsmanship and attention to detail that complement its advanced technology and performance.”
The Impala’s long, low proportion has a wind-swept profile that suggests motion, while the range of 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels is tailored to the body to provide that “just right” stance. At the front, low-profile projector-beam headlamps – or HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on LTZ – sweep around the corners and frame a wide grille, while a power dome hood conveys performance. The LTZ’s LED daytime running lamps provide a contemporary visual statement, along with great visibility.
Sculpted coves in the body sides add to the Impala’s design drama, with a sweeping signature cue in the rear fenders that acknowledges classic Impala designs. The “greenhouse” area is long, enhancing the sleek look of the car while maintaining excellent visibility. The decklid appears short to complement the overall proportion, but opens to reveal a trunk with 18.8 cubic-feet (5,632 liters) of cargo space. Diagonal dual-signature taillamps and – on LTZ – integrated exhaust outlets complete the rear-end appearance.
The 2014 Impala builds on Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior with greater attention to detail and upscale features – seen in everything from the wraparound flow of the bold instrument panel into the door panels and the available ambient lighting, to the soft feel of the materials and the premium appearance of the seats’ stitching. The instrument panel integrates a dynamic instrument cluster with a standard 4.2-inch color display with reconfigurable features for the driver information center. An eight-inch touch screen with concealed storage behind it is matched with the available Chevy MyLink system.
Comfort and refinement
The 2014 Impala’s comfort and refinement is rooted in a stronger body structure, which fosters a quieter passenger environment and a greater overall feeling of quality. The stiffer architecture also enabled engineers to tune the ride and handling more precisely, for a greater feeling of control and comfort.
A comprehensive package of sound-absorbing, sound-suppressing and even active noise cancelation (four-cylinder models) contributes to the 2014 Impala being the quietest full-size sedan ever from Chevrolet. An acoustically laminated windshield and front-door glass, along with liquid-applied sound deadener, sound-absorbing carpet and an isolated engine cradle are some of the features used to provide a quieter driving experience.
Premium materials throughout the interior and details such as high-quality fabric, Ultrasuede ® and perforated leather appointments, complement the quiet environment and give the Impala a substantive look and feel. The instrument cluster has a rich look, with multidimensional gauges and a reconfigurable driver information center. Ice-blue lighting of the cluster enhances the upscale aura of the cabin.
The new Impala has a roomier, airier ambience. Thin A-pillars and a low instrument panel enhance outward visibility, while the car’s long “greenhouse” surrounds passengers with natural light. The seats are bolstered for greater support and the seat cushions deliver a firm, premium feel that feels just as comfortable on 500-mile drive as they do on a short, five-minute excursion. The rear-seat headrests fold to improve rear visibility when driving without rear passengers.
A prominent “center stack” is integrated in the instrument panel and houses the climate controls and Chevrolet MyLink, which includes navigation and Bluetooth audio streaming among many other features – and is controlled via a touch screen on an available eight-inch display. A standard audio amplifier is a feature not typical for the segment.
Additional features include available remote start, passive entry/starting, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. The Impala also packs great storage options, including a generous center console and a dedicated cell phone holder with inductive charging capability.
The 2014 Impala offers one of the most comprehensive suites of standard and available safety features in the segment. It employs advanced technologies – including radar – to help avoid crashes. Visual and audible alerts, depending on the alert feature, help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene when a crash threat appears more imminent. The alerts are designed to identify potential threats with sufficient warning to give the driver time to react and make changes.
The available safety features and benefits include firsts for Chevrolet and Impala:
- Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control – Using radar technology, this feature senses traffic in front of the Impala to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again. It is the first application in a Chevrolet.
- Collision mitigation braking – Another Chevy first: Radar technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver. If the driver does not appear to react quickly enough or doesn’t react at all, this feature intervenes to apply the brakes in an effort to avoid the crash.
- Forward collision alert – Camera technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her time to stop and/or change course.
- Lane departure warning – A camera-based lane detection system that warns the driver of impending lane changes. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror, identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts.
- Side blind zone alert – Using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle, the system “looks” for other vehicles in the blind zone areas of the Impala and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
- Rear cross traffic alert – Based on the radar sensors of side blind zone alert, it warns the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing out of a parking spot – including angled parking. Visual and audible alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.
- Rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines – With a display in the center stack infotainment system, the camera provides a view of objects directly behind the Impala, while the dynamic guidelines provide a reference that helps make parking and other maneuvers easier.
- Ultrasonic rear park assist – Uses sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects directly behind the vehicle and provides an alert for the driver.
- Brake pre-fill feature – To quicken the response time of the brakes and help shorten stopping distances, this features “loads” the brake calipers in anticipation of hard braking by slightly increasing the hydraulic pressure in the brake lines whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal (included with 20-inch wheels on uplevel models)
- Hill hold/start assist – Applies the brakes for about 1.5 seconds to prevent roll-back when the driver moves his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.
- Dual-depth frontal passenger air bags with passenger sensing system
- Driver and front passenger side-impact air bars
- Driver and front passenger knee air bags
- Rear outboard side-impact air bags
- Head curtain air bags with rollover sensing for front and rear outboard positions
- Safety belt pretensioners
- Child seat restraint system
OnStar is standard. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar service also includes MyLink mobile apps, whichoffer vehicle information and OnStar services via the customer’s smartphone.
Performance and driving experience
Impala’s three powertrains all feature fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components. They include the new Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder, an Ecotec 2.4L with the eAssist system and the “LFX” 3.6L V-6. Highlights:
- The Ecotec 2.5L is part of a new family of four-cylinder engines that was developed with increased efficiency and greater refinement. It is estimated at 195 horsepower (145 kW) and 187 lb.-ft. of torque (253 Nm).
- Impala’s Ecotec 2.4L engine works with the e Assist system to provide electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel. It is rated at an estimated 182 horsepower (134 kW) and helps achieve estimated highway mileage of 35 mpg.
- Output for the 3.6L V-6 is estimated at 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 264 lb.-ft. of torque (358 Nm). Lightweight features support a more balanced driving experience and include an integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design that saves approximately 13 pounds (6 kg) per engine.
- All of Impala’s engines are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The 2014 Impala will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with assembly at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario facilities. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
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2014 CHEVROLET IMPALA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
||2014 Chevrolet Impala
|Body style / driveline:
||front-drive, front-engine, four-door, five- passenger sedan
|EPA vehicle class:
||Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich.; Oshawa, Ontario
||Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Azera
|| Ecotec 2.4L DOHC I-4 w/ eAssist
|| Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4
|| 3.6L V-6 VVT DI
|Displacement (cu in / cc):
||145.4 / 2384
||150 / 2457
||217 / 3564
(hp / kW @ rpm):
|182 / 134 @ 6200 (est.)
||195 / 145 (est.)
||305 / 227 @ 6800 (est.)
(lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
|172 / 233 @ 4900 (est.)
||187 / 253 (est.)
||264 / 358 @ 5200 (est.)
||multi-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar
||electric variable-assist rack-and-pinion
|Turning circle (ft / m):
||38.8 / 11.75
||split, dual-circuit four-wheel-disc with power assist
|Wheel size and type:
||18-inch steel and aluminum, 19-inch aluminum, 20-inch aluminum
|Wheelbase (in / mm):
||111.7 / 2837
|Overall length (in / mm):
||201.3 / 5113
|Overall width (in / mm):
||73 / 1854
|Overall height (in / mm):
||58.9 / 1496
|Track (in / mm):
||front: 62.2 / 1580 ; rear: 62 / 1576
|Curb weight (lb / kg):
||3800 / 1723 (est. – LT model w/ V-6)
|EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):
||123.8 / 3505
|Passenger volume (cu ft / L):
||105 / 2973
|Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
||18.8 / 532
|Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):
||1000 / 454 (3.6L and 2.5L)
|Fuel capacity (gal / L):
||18.5 / 70 (2.5L and 3.6L); 15.8 / 59.9 (2.4L)
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.